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Conrad v. AM Community Credit Union
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
750 F.3d 634 (2014)
Catherine Conrad (plaintiff) was a self-employed entertainer who would perform singing telegrams while dressed as a banana. Employees of AM Community Credit Union (employees) (defendants) hired Conrad to perform at a company event. Conrad alleged that she told the employees to inform audience members that they were not to take photos and videos of her performance for any reason other than personal use. Conrad filed suit, alleging that infringement of her intellectual-property rights occurred when audience members later posted their photos and videos of her performance to internet websites. At the time, Conrad had copyrights in photos and sculptures of her in her banana costume. Conrad had also filed an action based on the same occurrence in Wisconsin state court, and her claims were dismissed. Similarly, the district court in the present action granted the employees’ motion to dismiss the case, stating that Conrad’s claims were barred because of the dismissal of the Wisconsin case arising from the same facts. Conrad appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Posner, J.)
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